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Is periodic constipation normal?

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Dr. Alan Greene
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Probably

When a toddler goes several days between stools and there is pain involved, it's generally true constipation.
When constipation begins when formula is introduced, it's often an allergy to milk or soy causing inflammation in the intestines and constipation. Sometimes constipation is the only symptom. Learn more about this possibility here: http://www.Drgreene.Com/qa/milk-and-constipation.

In brief: Probably

When a toddler goes several days between stools and there is pain involved, it's generally true constipation.
When constipation begins when formula is introduced, it's often an allergy to milk or soy causing inflammation in the intestines and constipation. Sometimes constipation is the only symptom. Learn more about this possibility here: http://www.Drgreene.Com/qa/milk-and-constipation.
Dr. Alan Greene
Dr. Alan Greene
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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Probably, but

For adults, periodic constipation, which resolve with simple means, is likely normal.
However, regular bm's or a consistent pattern is the key to 'normality'. Any change in pattern in adults must be checked out. Colon cancer, both sexes, is the most common killer, the easiest to detect in a precancerous state, the easiest to cure--if caught early. Colonoscopy--if it's time, get it done!

In brief: Probably, but

For adults, periodic constipation, which resolve with simple means, is likely normal.
However, regular bm's or a consistent pattern is the key to 'normality'. Any change in pattern in adults must be checked out. Colon cancer, both sexes, is the most common killer, the easiest to detect in a precancerous state, the easiest to cure--if caught early. Colonoscopy--if it's time, get it done!
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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